Cat Dog by Mem Fox & Mark Teague

Cat Dog by Mem Fox & Mark Teague, Beach Lane Books, 2021. 9781416986881

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Mark Teague’s larger-than-life illustrations of a medium-size white dog with black spots and a ginger cat, done in acrylics, show once again how cats are smarter than dogs.  One page reads “So there was a scary dog, right?”, the illustration showing an angry dog ready to bite and the ginger kitty peeking up from behind the couch.  But the next page says “No!” depicting a calm, befuddled dog sitting on the couch with the cat resting on the top of the couch.  Under the cat are the words: But there was a cat, right?”  Turning the page – “Yes!”  And so it goes, one side of the page has an answer to the previous page’s question, and the next half of the page has a new question.  Mark Teague’s illustrations, reminiscent of Mark Buehner and John Rocco, give actions and facial expressions that are so perfect and so much fun that kids will want you to read this one over and over again.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? You could pair this one with Heave ho by Heinz Janisch, Cat problems by Jory John, Cat dog dog: the story of a blended family by Nelly Buchet and Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall for a dog/cat themed storytime.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day cares, families who have cats and dogs

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Devotees of Mem Fox and Mark Teague may want to – but for others, a little optional.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: October 16, 2021

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